It's Friday, Nov. 19, at 4:45 p.m. I exit the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway and turn right onto Alameda Avenue. That was the easy part. I then had to turn left on to Avon to make my way to California Street.
Unfortunately, this took some time. A lot of time, in fact, because of the new freeway on-ramp that had traffic backed up for four blocks. After I was able to make my left turn, I made my way to Verdugo Avenue. After a right turn, I then needed to make another left turn on to Lima Street. This took even longer than my left from Alameda since the city thought oh so wisely to turn Verdugo from a two-lane in each direction street in to a one lane in each direction street in order to make room for never-used bike lanes.
Traffic on Verdugo Avenue was backed up from Hollywood Way all the way to Buena Vista. After I was finally able to make my left I thought I was able to coast home. But alas, no. Every street along Clark Avenue was blocked off to through traffic from Hollywood Way to Buena Vista, all because of some shindig on Magnolia Boulevard.